What is WordPress? And How to use WordPress?
Before I jump straight into how to use WordPress, I would first like to discuss more about what is WordPress.
WordPress is a free online, open source website creation tool written in PHP, a programing and scripting language.
Put in simple layman terms, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) available today. WordPress features include a plugin architecture and a template system.
Open source means the source code of the software is available for anyone to study, modify and play with. Plugins are installations that allow custom functions and features to be added to extend the functionality that already exists in WordPress.
There are currently 2,800 WordPress themes and more than 37,000 WordPress plugins.
When WordPress first started in 2003, it had only a handful number of users. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on more than 60 million sites and seen by tens of millions of people everyday. As of January 2015, WordPress was used by more than 23% of the top 10 million websites.
As a beginner you might probably be curious to know “why you should use WordPress”. Or if you have an existing site, you might be asking whether you need to switch to WordPress.
Although WordPress started off as just a blogging platform, over the years it has developed into a versatile content management system (CMS) which not only allows you to create a simple blog, but it now also allows you to create fully functional websites and mobile applications.
WordPress is Versatile by Using Themes and Plugins
Most people started using WordPress are beginners like myself who know little or nothing about web designing or programing.
With the thousands of free templates (or themes) to choose from, you can create a website for any purpose you want, be it an e-commerce theme, a magazine or a photography theme.
WordPress themes can be easily customized because a lot of them come with their own options panel allowing you to change colors, upload logos, change background, or add beautiful slider images, without knowing how to write any code at all.
WordPress supports Different Media Types
WordPress is extremely flexible and extendable by using plugins. Just like themes, there are thousands of free and premium plugins available to cater to your needs.
In addition to writing text for your blog or website, WordPress websites can be enhanced by adding images, audio, and video content.
With oEmbed enabled websites, you can embed YouTube videos, Instagram photos, Tweets, and Soundcloud audio by just pasting the URL in your posts.
Ways to use WordPress
WordPress can be used in many different ways. Some examples include:
- Art Gallery
- Content Management System (CMS)
- Design Portfolio
- Membership Site
- Online Store
- Rating Website
- Video Collection Site
Visit the WordPress Showcase to see how some top businesses are using WordPress.
WordPress is Free
WordPress is a free software which means you are free to download, install and use any of its themes and plugins and modify it to create any kind of website.
All you will need is to register a domain name and a web hosting company to provide storage space and access for your website to get started.
WordPress is a community software maintained by a large group of volunteers majority of whom are WordPress consultants, contributing in different ways to developing and maintaining WordPress such as answering support questions, writing plugins, creating themes, translating WordPress and updating documentation.
Due to its robust features, many world famous brands use WordPress to power their websites E.g. Disney, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, McDonald’s, Sony, Time Magazine.
WordPress is Easy to Use and Learn
Its ease of use and flexibility has made WordPress increasingly popular on the internet. Every day new people are creating their first websites using WordPress.
At Wealthy Affiliate, a whole community consisting of tens of thousands of members are also building their online businesses using WordPress. With such a huge community using WordPress, it’s easy to get access to support, tutorials and training videos when help is needed.
WordPress is Easy To Manage
WordPress comes with a built-in updater that allows you to update your plugins and themes from within your WordPress admin dashboard. Whenever any updates have been made to your current version in use, you will be notified so you can update it by just clicking a button.
WordPress Secure and Safe to Use
Unfortunately, there are dangerous things lurking around the internet world that may compromise the safety of our websites. Hence, we need to safeguard our sites with security systems to protect them from such threats.
Knowing that WordPress is developed with security in mind, we can have peace of mind that our websites are in good hands.
WordPress is Search Engine Friendly
A web search engine is a software system that is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web.
WordPress is written using standard compliance high quality code which makes your site very attractive to search engines.
Although WordPress is already designed to be very search engine friendly, you can further optimise it by using search engine optimisation (SEO) plugins.
I hope that this article has helped answer your question(s) about why you should use WordPress.
Learn to use WordPress
The best way to learn how to use WordPress and experience the true power of WordPress is by using it.
Watch the SiteRubix Website Builder Video on Setting up Your Website using SiteRubix
Here is a SiteRubix Website Builder training video showing you how to create a website at Wealthy Affiliate using the easy-to-use website builder, SiteRubix. It is very simple and will take you no more than a few minutes to get your very first website up and running.
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If you have any further questions or comments about using WordPress, please do let me know what you think.